Urban Rider brings in GP mechanic to lead their custom bike-building charge
Urban Rider T100 special
Urban Rider is famous for making top-notch riding kit, but now it’s also making a name for itself by building dropdead gorgeous custom bikes.
The shop on New King’s Road in London has drafted in a former Grand Prix mechanic to make sure their creations are something really special.
Mario Dengra, 37, brings a wealth of experience to the venture, and Urban Rider’s Will Starrit was thrilled when he managed to sign up such a superstar spanner-sorcerer.
Will said: “I had a W650 street tracker to build and already had some wheels made to fit it, but the build was stalling. I needed it finishing quickly and Mario stepped in to help out. He did such a great job in such a short time that he seemed the perfect person to work with us full-time.
“He loves customs and classics and we have a customer base to tap into, so it made sense to extend our business to offer bike building, servicing – anything to do with the technical side of maintaining or building bikes.
Urban Rider will do anything ex- cept Harleys – with Warr’s just around the corner Will felt it wouldn’t feel right trying to tap into that market.
Urban Rider are also selling aftermarket parts such as headlights, taillights, speedos and indicators, and there’s a display in the shop of quality products from RSD, Biltwell, Renthal, LSL and Moto Gadget.
The blue Triumph seen here is Urban Rider’s first customer bike built on-site. It’s based on a new T100 Ltd Edition T214 – the bike Triumph produced to celebrate Johnny Allen’s 214.40mph land speed record achieved in September 1956.
Will said: “Because the Salt Flats are all about speed and racing, the customer wanted a full-on café racer – but it had to look like it came out of the factory.”
Rims are Morad, with Supermoto Dunlop Mutant tyres – 120/70 x 17 front and 160/60 x 17 rear.
Mario fabricated the rear loop and set the rear brake light to follow the lines of the seat cowl which is a stock part, painted to match the tank.
Accessories include a Moto Gadget speedo; 6.5in headlight with TEC brackets; a new seat from Viking Vinyl at Brands Hatch; LSL clip-ons and rearsets. The Arrow exhaust was supplied by the customer.
‘Because the Salt Flats are all about speed, the customer wanted a full-on café racer’
Mario fabricated a new sub-frame; it’s a far cry from the world of the GP paddock
racer Urban Rider’s finished ‘T214’ special looks every inch the factory café